Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is stiffness, pain, and a loss of motion in shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder is also called as Adhesive Capsulitis. It may happen after an injury or overuse or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. Shoulder pain begins slowly until you cannot move your shoulder at all. The condition usually comes on slowly, and then goes away slowly over the course of a year or two or more. However can be relieved much early (within 3 to 6 months) with homeopathy treatment. Frozen shoulder occurs in about 2% of the general population. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60, and occurs in women more often than men.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder

In frozen shoulder, the shoulder capsule thickens and becomes tight. Stiff bands of tissue (adhesions) develop. In many cases, there is less synovial fluid in the joint.

The hallmark sign of this condition is being unable to move your shoulder - either on your own or with the help of someone else. Pain from frozen shoulder is usually dull or aching. It is typically worse early in the course of the disease and when you move your arm. The pain is usually located over the outer shoulder area and sometimes the upper arm.

Causes of frozen shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. It's more likely to occur in people who have recently experienced prolonged immobilization of their shoulder, such as after surgery or an arm fracture. Frozen shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep full range of motion.

Certain factors may increase your risk of developing frozen shoulder:

Age and sex

People 40 and older are more likely to experience frozen shoulder. Most of the people who develop the condition are women.

Immobility or reduced mobility

People who have experienced prolonged immobility or reduced mobility of their shoulder are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder. Immobility may be the result of many factors, including:

Systemic diseases

People who have certain medical problems appear to be predisposed to develop frozen shoulder. Examples include:

Diagnosis of frozen shoulder

During the physical examination, you are asked to perform certain actions to check for pain and evaluate your range of motion. These may include:

Hands up: Raise both your hands straight up in the air

Opposite shoulder: Reach across your chest to touch your opposite shoulder.

Back scratch: Starting with the back of your hand against the small of your back, reach upward to touch your opposite shoulder blade.

Frozen shoulder can usually be diagnosed from signs and symptoms alone. Frozen shoulder is suspected if a physical examination reveals limited shoulder movement. But imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI can be done to rule out other structural problems.

Treatment of frozen shoulder

With conventional medicine, frozen shoulder treatment involves controlling shoulder pain and preserving as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible.

Medications

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with frozen shoulder. In some cases stronger pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed.

Physiotherapy

A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible.

Surgical and other procedures

Frozen shoulder, if not better with above treatment within 12 to 18 months, your doctor may suggest:

Steroid injections: Injecting corticosteroids into your shoulder joint may help decrease pain and improve shoulder mobility.

Joint distension: Injecting sterile water into the joint capsule can help stretch the tissue and make it easier to move the joint.

Shoulder manipulation under anesthesia: In this procedure, you receive a general anesthetic so you'll be unconscious and feel no pain. Then the doctor will force your shoulder to move in different directions which causes the capsule and scar tissue to stretch or tear. This releases the tightening and increases range of motion. Depending on the amount of force used, this procedure can cause bone fractures.

Surgery / Shoulder Arthroscopy: If nothing else has helped, you may be a candidate for surgery to remove scar tissue and adhesions from inside your shoulder joint. Doctors usually perform this surgery arthroscopically, with lighted, tubular instruments inserted through small incisions around your joint.

Long-term outcomes after surgery are generally good. In some cases, however, even after several years, the motion does not return completely and a small amount of stiffness remains. Although uncommon, frozen shoulder can recur, especially if a contributing factor like diabetes is still present.

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Homeopathy treatment:

For frozen shoulder, homeopathy should always be tried before corticosteroids injection or before going to surgery because in most of the cases surgery or other procedures can be avoided with homeopathy. With a regular course of 4 to 6 months frozen shoulder can be relieved completely with homeopathy. Homeopathy medicines are even preferable to taking pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs for long. All homeopathy medicines are very simple to take, effective, and safe and without any side effects. Moreover you can order your personalised treatment to be shipped to your address by sending certain details through the Questionnaire.

Continue to use the involved shoulder and extremity in as many daily life activities as possible within the limits of your pain and range-of-motion constraints. Applying heat to shoulder joint along with homeopathy medicines can help relieve pain faster.

Advantages of homeopathy treatment in frozen shoulder

Recovery of a frozen shoulder may take one to two years; however with homeopathy it is much faster. There should be no reason to suffer for months together when it can be cured early with homeopathy. Homeopathy is highly recommended in every case of frozen shoulder.

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